06/09/18 5:44am

Ripening grapes at Palmer Vineyards in the rain. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

You’ve probably noticed that over the past month or so our local vineyards have gone from brown and drab to green and vibrant, with shoots reaching farther toward the sky every day. That’s because bud break arrived in early May, starting with early varieties during the first week of and others since then.

Bud break is the first stage of the grapevine growing cycle that — if all goes well — results in ripe, flavorful grapes in the fall, which our local vintners then turn into the wines we all enjoy. (more…)

05/18/18 2:00pm

It’s spring in Long Island wine country — and for many of you, that means rosé. And if you’re drinking Long Island rosé, there’s a good chance it’s a Wölffer rosé. Winemaker Roman Roth makes a handful of them — including sparkling and dessert wine — and he makes a lot of them. In fact, Wölffer makes more bottles of rosé than many local wineries make of all their wines combined.  (more…)

05/12/18 5:55am

Kids at a burger night at McCall Wines in Cutchogue. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

I’ve written about this before, a few years ago, and the response — not unexpectedly — was mixed. But I still maintain that it’s OK to go wine tasting with your children.

Not at any winery or with any children, mind you. And you need a serious dose of self-awareness to know if you’re the kind of parent who can or should attempt it. But under the right circumstances, I’d argue it’s a good idea and beneficial for all involved. Parents get a little relaxation. Kids learn about local agriculture and responsible consumption. Wineries make some money. (more…)

05/11/18 5:55am

“Sunshine!”

That’s what Regan Meador, winemaker and co-owner of Southold Farm + Cellar told me he likes to drink with this week’s Wine of the Week: Southold Farm + Cellar 2016 “Suitably Stunning,” a sparkling blend of syrah and goldmuskateller that was grown at the winery’s previous estate vineyard.  (more…)